I am in Uganda for my first of three planned trips in 2014 (depending on available funds). I have been here since Thursday Feb. 20. So far I have spent my time planning the rest of the trip with my team. It promises to be an exciting and spiritually profitable mission.

I actually begin real work tomorrow. Up until now has been all administration, except for preaching last Sunday. Believe it or not, I have been too busy to write any blog entries, so this is the first one this trip. Here’s my schedule so you can pray for me:

  • I will be in a village out in the country tomorrow – Kiranga – teaching a one-day conference on spiritual warfare. I approached this with real caution because of the environment and the subject matter. My mission here in Uganda is building up the churches to plant new churches. I worked in this community last fall and this church has planted at least one church since then, maybe more – I will find out specifically tomorrow. But I also told them I was here to build them up (Eph. 4:12) and so, once having taught them church-planting, I promised I would have an ongoing relationship with them to build them up spiritually. So they requested that I teach on this subject. I go to this task with great expectation and anticipation of what God is going to do, but with a careful vigilance as to what may resist us.  I have experienced consistent resistance since I have been here in the way of petty annoyances meant to distract me and wear me down, so I know he knows I’m coming. But I also know He knows He’s sending me, so I can go with confidence. The pastor tells me there will be at least 200 people there, and I am sensing the Lord’s anointing.
  • I will return to my hotel, pack up, and Saturday morning leave for the ferry to Buvuma Island, which is one of the largest islands in Lake Victoria. Being an island, it rarely gets visited by teaching missionaries, so these pastors are hungry. I am working with the Bishop of the islands (all 52 of them – this is the only one with a ferry). I will preach in a church on Sunday, teach back-to-back two-day conferences for six days, then preach on the remaining Sunday. Normally, I take a break amid my teaching, but I have limited time on the island (only 9 days), and so I need to reach as many as possible. We’re expecting 60 island pastors in each two day conference, so I will have reached 180 pastors with my church planting methods by a week from this Saturday. No electricity, so we will rent a generator.
  • We will leave the island on February 10, and immediately drive to eastern Uganda to a city called Tororo – I’m thinking it’s about 170 miles, but not sure exactly. Once there we will settle into the guesthouse of a missionary compound and then take a much needed day off.
  • During the next 19 days I will teach five two day conferences, try to visit as many of the proposed village church-plant sites with the pastors as possible, and preach in a different church each Sunday. They are planning for about 60-80 pastors at each conference. Should be exciting!
  • On Saturday, March 29 (our 45th wedding anniversary, btw), I will return to Jinja and meet with our first church plant – the church at Naminya that started under the mango tree to follow up with them and their leaders. I will then preach at the church that planted them in the nearby community of Bujowali on Sunday – these are old and dear friends by now.
  • I will tell my family that I am leaving for home and that I have a great surprise for them, so that they all need to meet me out at DFW airport for my return on April 1.
  • Then I will fly out to return home for real on April 2. I owe them this much for pranks pulled on me in the past. (Psst! Don’t mention this to any of them, so they’ll all make the trip out to the airport on April 1).

If you’re praying for me, that list should keep you plenty busy. Breaking into two completely new regions for me in the church-planting ministry will certainly keep me busy!